5/461 Adelaide Street, BrisbaneThere are definite advantages to not living in the penthouse of an apartment block, especially if you don’t like heights.Denise Rees knows this all too well, which is why when looking for an inner-city apartment fives years ago, she was elated to find there was one available on a lower floor of the coveted Hudson building on Brisbane’s Adelaide Street.The convenience of being able to duck across the road without having to wait for a lift or drive in endless spirals through a car park is part of what attracted her to the apartment.“I was going to look at one in Mary Street, but it was on the 39th floor,” Ms Rees said. “If I wanted to duck out for a paper or a coffee I would have had to add another quarter of an hour to my trip. Here, I can just duck across the road and it’s all very quick. There are tasteful touches of animal print incorporated into the decor.“When you are so high, you can’t see the river unless you go and stand out on the balcony, and I hate heights. Being on a lower floor means you can see the river without having to go outside.”Ms Rees said Brisbane was a very walkable city and the apartment’s central location made it easy for her to take early morning strolls along the riverside.“To be able to walk from my place and go up Queen Street, over the bridge to South Bank, walk around there and then up to the botanical gardens and on to Eagle Street Pier before heading home is just lovely,” she said. “I have so many photos I have taken early in the morning when the water on the river is so still it’s like glass.”The other thing that Ms Rees loves about the apartment is its size. Taking up and entire floor and measuring 241sq m it rivals many family homes when it comes to space. The large kitchen and entryway.“I loved it as soon as I walked in, the position the size” says Ms Rees. “I was lucky to find it. I had been looking for quite a while, but when I gauged the space and the lovely open balcony, where you feel like you’re outside, I knew it was for me.”Beautiful as the apartment was, Ms Rees says she wanted to put her mark on it and so in 2016 she went about making some changes to the floor plan and decor.Working with a designer from Darren James interiors, who Ms Rees says she once worked for, she set about ripping out doors and rearranging walls to accommodate things such as a larger powder room.Walking through the apartment it is evident Ms Rees has a love of animals, with touches of animal print appearing throughout the space; a giraffe peeping out from a recess in the kitchen island bench, a tiger print rug on the floor, a leopard print accent chair in the living room. The open-plan living spaces bring the outside inside.Used incorrectly animal print can be gaudy, but not here, where Ms Rees has applied it with careful and considered taste.“I’ve always liked animal prints and had animals around me,” Ms Rees said. “I worked as a fashion buyer for David Jones for a few years and when I left they gave me a lovely China zebra. Gifts would always be around animals.”There are plenty of considered details throughout the apartment which has three bedrooms, with the over-sized master suite having an ensuite, large walk-in wardrobe, river views and access to the large front balcony. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago The apartment has an expansive balcony.“The front balcony is huge and I’ve had a lot of people here, especially for River Fire, and it’s wonderful. With the doors open you feel like your outdoors, but your indoors, its such a great space,” Ms Rees said.“Even the back balcony is a nice place to sit. In the winter the sun goes around the building so it’s lovely and warm and such a nice place to just sit and read the paper.”Apartments in the Hudson building do not come up very often, which Ms Rees said is because of the privacy and the fact that the building is well managed, with security and maintenance of the highest level. The apartment is convenient for city living.One lucky buyer will have the opportunity to join the fold, as Ms Rees, who is retired, has decided it is time to move on to the next chapter in her life.She has put the apartment on the market and it is open to expressions of interest through Brandon Wortley and Daniel Lazzaroni or Ray White Bulimba.